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Old 01-09-2006, 10:35 PM   #1
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I switched, tired of the viruses/spyware

hello everyone, I'm new to Linux. Finally decided to switch because of the WMF exploit & the damage it's causing. About time I learned how to use a stable OS...Linux seems to be IT. Now that I have a reason to get off my duff & learn, I request a bit of help. A fast learner in general, just need some guidance.
For a beginner who only needs basic programs (internet, graphics editor, text editor, office apps) which is the best distro to choose? so far i've d/l and burned the following ISOs:

-Featherweight Live v1.3
-Gentoo 2005.1 Experimental
-Linspire 5.0.347
-Open SUS v10.0
-Slackware v10.2 (4 CD set)
-Vida Linux v1.2

There are so many distros & I want to jump head first into something that allows this functionality "out of the box". Please recommend something here or via PM. Thank you very much, looking forward to the journey away from M$oft.
Old 01-10-2006, 02:26 AM   #2
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Welcome to the world of Linux!

If I'd choose from the list, I'd choose Slackware or (preferably) SuSE. SuSE will probably work just like you want out-of-the-box and is quite user-friendly. Slackware is a bit more challenging, but you'll learn more about Linux while using it.
Linspire is probably the most user-friendly one of them all, but it tries to be like Windows (and I think you don't need that ).
Forget Gentoo for the moment. The installation will be too much trouble for someone who wants everything just to work.
I don't know about Vida or Featherweight..

Good luck!

Old 01-10-2006, 03:24 PM   #3
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From the distributions you have SuSE should be the easiest. Go for it, see if it suits you. You have a number of options
Old 01-10-2006, 03:52 PM   #4
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Or try these tests to see which distros may be right for you (note they are not all inclusive):


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